After learning that Adam Wheater faces a spell on the sidelines, Essex have signed Middlesex wicketkeeper Robbie White on a two-month loan.
Wheater was injured on the first day of the opening County Championship game of the season against Hampshire with youngster Will Buttleman having to take on the wicketkeeper role for the rest of the match at The Ageas Bowl.
White, 23, made his County Championship debut against Northamptonshire last summer and went on to feature in six first-class games for Middlesex in 2018.
He said: "I'm really excited about joining up with Essex over the coming days and can hopefully contribute to some success on the field.
"I'm really grateful to Essex for the opportunity and to Middlesex for facilitating the loan, and hopefully over the next few months I can develop as a player and can take advantage of this great opportunity."
Essex's head coach Anthony McGrath said: "Adam is expected to be out of action for up to six weeks and, with Michael Pepper currently recovering from appendix surgery, it was deemed necessary for us to enter the loan market and bring in another wicketkeeper.
"Will Buttleman did an outstanding job behind the stumps for us especially after being drafted in at the last moment and is an excellent prospect for the future.
"Robbie was highly recommended to us by Middlesex's Managing Director of Cricket Angus Fraser and we're looking forward to seeing him in action for us over the coming months."
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